“What I have learnt over my 40 years working in IT is that: You must…
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The positive impact they have made on the development of the UK IT industry
AFter 6 years at UNIVAC Geoff was recruited by Shell where he stayed for neraly 20 years. He was BCS President 2001- 02 and has also been Managing Director then Chief Executive of UKERNA. Geoff was recruited by the Cabinet Office as a High-Risk team leader for Gateway reviews and carried out some 20 between 2006 and 2010.
In the mid-Seventies Ernest became the third President of the Computing Services Association, then known as CSA. Ernest was President of the BCS, the British Computer Society 1987-88. He is a past Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society and between 1993 and 1997 was Chairman of UKERNA, the body responsible for the academic and research network of JANET.
Professor Jim Norton is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, an external member of the board of the UK’s Parliament[sic] Office of Science and Technology, a governor of Coventry University, a Visiting Professor of electronic engineering at Sheffield University, a board member and trustee of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, FIPR. He was President of the BCS 2011-12
Bob Nowill has had a career as an IT security expert at the Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) and at BT. He helped respond to the change of stance of GCHQ from combating the USSR in the cold war to the more asymmetric challenges faced today. He now works to try to bridge the skills gap between the pool of talent available to combat cyber security issues and the need for more expertise to achieve higher security
Sir Ken Olisa was born in Nottingham to a white mother and an absentee Nigerian Father. Today he is Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, a partner in a privately-owned merchant bank focused on technology and a philanthropist focusing on the homeless.
John Pearce created the backbone of methods used by the successful Hoskyns Systems and became a key mover in the mid-1970s National Enterprise Board (NEB). He started in the IT sector by helping Joseph Lucas install its first computer and develop applications for it. He trained himself as a systems analyst before joining IBM in 1960 to help IBM introduce new concepts to existing customers
Simon Peyton Jones has dedicated his career to functional programming, and was the designer of the Haskell functional programming language. In 1989 he became Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University, and is now a principal researcher at Microsoft. He has just been appointed chair of the new National Centre for Computing Education.